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    I'm leaving Skype

    Timothée Jaussoin – Thursday, 14 February - 07:13 edit

Microsoft, how can you seriously fu** up your products so bad? I choose to leave #Skype by today for two reasons that just poped-up the past few days.

Exposing private information

How is it possible that during several meetings and other discussions your team voluntary choose to add the feature to suggest private contacts of my contacts to me?

I'll be direct with you, this is clearly a #privacy violation and will hurt lots of people directly including myself. I'm using this account for years for professional and private reasons, I have really private contacts on my account (that I only want to only keep for myself, obviously, maybe I should stress that point more?), family members, friends and professional relations. Now all those contacts will see some of my private contacts as "Suggestions".

The new Skype contacts suggestion box

In this list I have some contacts that I can easily guess to who they are related to.

YES MICROSOFT I HAVE THINGS TO HIDE.

  • Lawyers that are using Skype have also things to hide, and you're directly exposing the persons they are talking to to their other clients.
  • Doctors that are using Skype have something to hide and you are exposing their patients list to other patients or contacts.
  • Journalists that are using Skype have something to hide and you are exposing their sources and colleagues to other contacts putting some of their life and investigations at risk.

And I can give you lots of other cases where this kind of feature will hurt businesses, families and sometimes can put lifes at risk.

Microsoft, let be frank there, Skype IS NOT a fu** social network like Facebook. Skype is a Instant Messaging and video-communication service where people expect their private contacts list to stay… private.

This little suggestion feature crossed my mind for #Movim but was directly discarded regarding the privacy implication that it will have (also with the fact that I can't technically get my contacts contacts through XMPP for obvious reasons).

Mozilla, Microsoft hates you, kiss <3

The second reason why I choose to leave Skype is that Microsoft recently enforced the usage of Skype under Chrome, the "desktop Skype" (that is an embedded Chrome) and the themed Chrome alternative that will be Edge soon.

Firefox is officially dropped from their support list.

Fun fact, by changing Firefox user agent to Chrome Skype is suddenly working fine on it. If this is caused by the #WebRTC video-calling features, first you're not making lots of efforts regarding the really good support of Firefox for this Web standard and secondly you can simply block that feature and allow the rest on the other browsers.

Mozilla, Microsoft wants to hurt you there. This is definitely a bad move from Microsoft regarding the web diversity and standards.


So I will notify all my contacts in the upcoming days of my decision and definitely close my account.

If you want to contact me, you can still send me emails or add me on Movim. Movim is supporting video-call (peer-to-peer), direct messages and chatrooms.

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    3 March Nara

    I find it funny when people share docs with me on OneDrive or wants to talk to me on Skype heh

    For them, they think Skype is part of the computer. Having computer means having Skype and OneDrive. "Oh, you use google, sorry! I didn't mean any offense, sorry, sorry". Dude.

  • 16 March Bigou

    Honestly, I'm surprised you were still using Skype. While I still have a Skype account, I don't use it anymore. (In fact, I stopped using it not long after it become a Microsoft thing.) One of the reason if because of what Microsoft made of Skype, but the main one is because all of my contacts also abandoned it because of what it became since Microsoft own it.

    Now, all interesting people I chat with are either using #XMPP, which is good, or Discord, which is not so good, but probably better than Skype. (…At least for now.)

  • 18 April aschatria

    I was using the Micro products (lol) ages ago, never really liked the Skype.

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    Give up your privacy, get an icecream!

    Westberliner Klappradpfarrer – Monday, 28 January - 00:08

Give up your privacy, get an icecream!

Like being tracked? All your journeys through the city? Every single trip? No? But if you get an icecream? Yes? Good citizen!

This smartphone app shit is funded by the EU and the local government of Bologna. Why not pave some cycling paths instead?

#bologna #eu #bicycle #bbc #bike #surveillance #smartphone #bicicletta #bici #bellamossa #privacy #icecream


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    A radical proposal to keep your personal #data safe | Richard Stallman #privacy

    people Orbifx 17 May, 2018

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    paulfree14 – Wednesday, 29 November, 2017 - 11:48

    Introduction to Mix Networks and Anonymous Communication Networks by David Stainton
    #privacy

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    What search engines do you suggest friends?

    paulfree14 – Sunday, 26 November, 2017 - 17:21 edit

(remember, one doesn't suggest friends tool that spy on them or exploid them 😜 )

Here are just 3 I have in mind:

searx.me/ opensource meta search engine

#yacy p2p search engine....sounds damn cool, but haven't tested https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/YaCy

#deuSu #opensource and no tracking. Has it's own search index. Yet just a project developes by one person in their spare time (someone adviced it me yesterday) https://deusu.de/

#privacy #searchengine